By Amy Norton
The fish oil dose was high — with fatty acid levels that were 15 to 20 times more than the average American gets from food.
But there were no significant side effects, according to lead researcher Dr. Hans Bisgaard. He’s a professor of pediatrics at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark.
He stopped short of making any general recommendations for pregnant women, however.
Bisgaard said his “personal interpretation” is that fish oil offers a safe way to prevent some cases of childhood asthma.
But he also said there are questions left for future studies. Among them are: What is the best point in pregnancy to start fish oil, and what is the optimal dose?
Experts who were not involved in the study called the findings encouraging. They also agreed on the need for more research.